A classy field of thirteen runners has been confirmed for this weekend’s Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by some of the Spring Racing Carnival’s most exciting stayers.
Confirmed as first emergency for the featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), trainer Peter Moody has included Brambles in the 2014 David Jones Cup final field.
Securing a commendable total of six wins and as many minor places from just 17 competitive starts so far, Brambles has returned to racing in strong form this season following nearly two years on the sidelines with a severe tendon injury.
Finishing fourth in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1440m) first-up on May 3rd, the Savabeel gelding continued to build in form and class on his way to second in the Listed Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m) on August 30th and has since won the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) and finished third in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Allocated the ideal barrier 5, Moody is confident jockey Luke Nolen will be the difference in Brambles overcoming a race-high 58.5kgs in the 2014 David Jones Cup.
Returning to racing in competitive form this time in, classy David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained gelding Jacquinot Bay is offered a good chance of securing a ninth career win in the 2014 David Jones Cup.
Having also placed in a further five races in his 23 start career, Jacquinot Bay returned to racing on good form over the 2014 Autumn Carnival; highlighted by a strong run for fourth in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m), victory in the Listed Canberra Cup (200m) and third place in the Listed Albury Gold Cup (2000m).
Steadily building to the task over four starts this time in which has included a strong run for second behind in-from stayer Who Shot Thebarman in the Sofitel Girls Day Out Handicap (2000m) on October 5th, jockey Nicholas Hall will have to find good passage for the seven-year-old early if to figure from barrier 9 this weekend.
Running on for fourth in the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) last time out, Kingdoms is offered a tough task from barrier 13 in the 2014 David Jones Cup but is sure to be boosted by leading Hong Kong-based jockey Joao Moreira.
Securing a commendable total of three wins and a further 5 minor places from his 17 competitive starts so far, Kingdoms won the Listed Mercedes Benz Centenary Mile (1600m) first-up this season; progressing to second in the Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1600m) and second in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) prior to the Metropolitan.
Charged with carrying just 55.5kgs on Saturday, the High Chaparral gelding is a leading chance for success in the 2014 David Jones Cup.
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2014 David Jones Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11×4088213||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||58.5kg||105|
|2||x1224x131x||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||57kg||102|
|3||4x0x2x5055||HONORIUS||David Payne||Corey Brown||10||57kg||102|
|4||43x3030x54||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||11||57kg||102|
|5||6017×12524||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||Joao Moreira||13||55.5kg||99|
|6||32413×4826||JACQUINOT BAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||9||55kg||98|
|7||653413×683||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||2||55kg||98|
|8||x4131x3521||COMMANDING TIME||Brendan McCarthy||Damien Oliver||1||54.5kg||96|
|9||51111×0392||SIGNOFF (IRE)||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||8||54.5kg||97|
|10||1x7020x000||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark Webb||Damian Lane||4||54kg||96|
|11||72451472×9||MIDSUMMER SUN (GB)||Sam Kavanagh||Tommy Berry||12||54kg||96|
|12||162x512x13||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||3||54kg||92|
|13||0x04122x07||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||Chad Schofield||6||54kg||92|